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2009-10 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dave Ackerson Dave Ackerson, a 1972 DWU graduate, is one of the greatest track and field athletes to ever compete at Dakota Wesleyan University. A four-year letterwinner, Ackerson set seven school records during his career, and he ranked among the school’s all-time best in two other events. He set four individual school records in various hurdle events and was a key part of three school-record relay teams. Ackerson was a two-time SDIC Champion in the hurdles, and he never finished lower than sixth in any event in his storied career. Ackerson was also a straight-A student, and Dakota Wesleyan’s Homecoming King.

Larry Buffington   Larry Buffington, 1983-97, is still considered one of Dakota Wesleyan University’s most successful and beloved coaches after an outstanding 15-year career, coaching Tiger track and field and football. In 12 years as the DWU head track coach, Buffington led the Tigers to the only SDIC Championship in school history, and he was named the league’s track coach-of-the-year in both 1990 and 1991. His athletes still hold 34 DWU school records. Buffington also spent 13 years as the Tiger football team’s offensive line coach, and he helped DWU capture five SDIC Championships and reach the NAIA Playoffs.

Bill Gallipo   Bill Gallipo, a 1968 DWU graduate, will be remembered as one of the best defensive backs and punters in Dakota Wesleyan University football history. A hometown star from Mitchell, Gallipo received All-Conference honors for his play at defensive halfback during his four-year career. Gallipo’s best season was in 1965, when he racked up 58 total tackles, six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. Gallipo also punted 79 times in his career for a total of 2,848 yards and a 36.1 average. To this day, Gallipo’s 78-yard punt in 1965 still reigns as the longest punt in school history.

Kamden Miller   Kamden Miller, a 1998 DWU graduate, is just one of nine Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball players to earn NAIA All-American honors more than once in a career. Miller was an NAIA All-America Honorable Mention selection in 1997 and 1998, and a three-time All-Conference pick. His 1,710 career points still rank as the 10th-most in school history, and he led the Tigers to two SDIC Championships (1995, 1997) and a trip to the 1995 NAIA DII Men’s Basketball National Tournament. Miller was also a three-time NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a team captain and MVP, and a member of the DWU football team.

Randi Morgan Haines   Randi Morgan Haines, a 2004 DWU graduate, led the Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team during its most successful era, and her name is all over the Tiger record books. Morgan was a three-time NAIA DII All-American (first team twice, third team once) and a four-time All-GPAC First-Team selection, highlighted by her NAIA DII, GPAC and NAIA DII National Tournament Player-of-the-Year awards in 2002. Morgan is the second-leading scorer in South Dakota history and the leading rebounder with 2,557 points and 1,544 rebounds, and her amazing career resulted in 21 DWU school records.

Tim Smith   Tim Smith has delighted Dakota Wesleyan University sports fans with his rich, detailed broadcasts of Tiger football and basketball since 1973. Smith has called more than 1,500 Dakota Wesleyan games in his career, and he has called games from seven national basketball tournaments and one national volleyball tournament. Smith has been named the South Dakota Sportscaster-of-the-Year three times, and he has been honored by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters association twice. He is a past president and current charter member of DWU TeamMakers, and he’s a great asset to Tiger athletics.

Todd Sprang   Todd Sprang, a 1998 DWU graduate, will forever be known as one of the best defensive backs to ever wear a Tiger football uniform. The four-year starter was an All-SDIC First-Team selection in each of his four seasons. In 1997, Sprang was named to the NAIA All-America Second Team, and he was also a three-time All-District 12 selection. Sprang still holds DWU records for career interceptions (18) and interceptions in a single game (three), and he led the Tigers to the 1994 SDIC Championship. Sprang also batted a remarkable .422 over three seasons with the DWU baseball team.
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